Friday, October 1, 2010

The Crown in the Heather by N. Gemini Sasson

Robert the Bruce and Elizabeth de Burgh

As a passionate reader of the medieval era, I had the pleasure of stumbling upon the novel, The Crown and the Heather, long before it was published, while it was still a work in progress posted to an on-line critique group for authors of historical fiction.  That was several years ago.  I fell in love with the story then and have waited patiently for it's release ever since.  

The Crown in the Heather is the first book of a trilogy about Robert the Bruce. It is historically accurate, a story beautifully told with rich prose and lovely descriptions throughout that bring to life medieval Scotland.

Male and female readers alike will appreciate the battles so aptly described and the realistic interactions between Robert the Bruce, his wife Elizabeth de Burg and his enemy James Douglas. Although not one of the main characters, William Wallace's story is also included to bring to the forefront a complete picture of this period in history. Above all, it is a story of betrayal and faith, of ambition and a man's love for his country and his beautiful wife, Elizabeth de Burg.  I particularly enjoyed reading about Elizabeth de Burg and the deep and abiding love that existed between them; a love so profound that Bruce would do anything to make her his wife.

I cannot say enough good things about how much I enjoyed this novel. 

Gemini is on the verge of releasing another novel, Isabeau, a novel about Queen Isabella and Sir Roger Mortimer.  Definitely one that I will purchase and keep for my bookshelves.

N. Gemini Sasson

N. Gemini Sasson has a B.S. Ed. in Secondary Science and a M.S. in Biology from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, where she ran cross country on athletic scholarship. She has worked as an aquatic toxicologist, an environmental engineer, a teacher, and a track coach. Her Australian Shepherd kennel, Imagineer, has been awarded the honor of Hall of Fame Excellent Kennel by the Australian Shepherd Club of America. Sasson is the author of an internationally recognized series of articles on bobtail genetics which have been translated into seven languages.

The Crown in the Heather is her first novel. Sasson’s research of Robert the Bruce has spanned nearly a decade and includes visits to various historical sites in Scotland. She is nearing completion on two more books entitled Worth Dying For and Carry My Heart, which follow the Bruce through his victory at Bannockburn and his hard-won recognition of Scotland’s independence. Her next novel, Isabeau, is about Queen Isabella, who plotted the overthrow of her husband King Edward II of England, and Sir Roger Mortimer, who masterminded the invasion that accomplished it.


Malena said...

I must add these books to my TBR list! I have never really read anything about Elizabeth nor her husband, so a triology should be interesting.

History and Women said...

Truly, Malena, Gemi is one of the best authors I've ever run across. I'm currently 2/3 of the way through her latest novel, Isabeau, and I can't put it down. The writing is spectacular. I highly recommend her books.

Shelley said...

As a writer, I have to say that it warms my heart to see the loyalty you had for this book before it was ever out!

That's a real reader.

Anonymous said...

I am certainly adding this to my TBR pile too. thank you so much.